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Articles from the April 11, 2022 edition

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  • Man Thinks He's Meeting 15-Year-Old Girl for Sex, Confrontation Captured on Video

    Tom Lemons|Updated Jun 30, 2022

    TAMPA, Fla. – There is nothing more disturbing than predators who will do anything to victimize young children, and you could be standing next to one right now and not even know it. Although the majority of incidents involving sexual abuse against children is committed by a family member or someone the victim knows, social media has become an easy place for predators to manipulate victims into meeting for sex. Florida Predator Prevention (FPP) is an organization that is w...

  • Man Charged in Hernando County with Smuggling 20 Illegal Immigrants

    Tom Lemons|Updated Jun 30, 2022

    BROOKSVILLE – The Florida Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Honduras national, after a traffic stop on I-75 led to the discovery of 20 illegal immigrants in the back of his Ford E350. Officials say 25-year-old Jean Yanes Blanco was stopped for having dark tint, cracked windshield, and an overloaded vehicle. Yanes Blanco only possessed a Honduras passport and told Troopers he was headed from Houston to the Orlando Area. Inside the back of the van, Troopers discovered 20 i...

  • Gov. DeSantis: Florida will not Diminish Importance of Fatherhood, Signs Mentorship Legislation

    Updated May 20, 2022

    ST. PETERSBURG - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 7065, which includes educational programs, mentorship programs and one-on-one support to encourage responsible and involved fatherhood in Florida. The bill is tied to nearly $70 million in funding to provide a wide spectrum of family and youth support through the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF). "There are more than 18 million children in our country who live without...

  • Despite Declining National Economy, Florida's Job Market Continues to Grow

    Updated May 20, 2022

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Be glad you live in Florida because it's one of the few states that hasn't been completely crushed by the current President's economic policies. Despite outrageous gas prices, record breaking inflation rates (8.5%), and higher taxes, Governor Ron DeSantis reports low unemployment and thousands of new job opportunities in Florida. Today, Gov. DeSantis announced Florida's March 2022 employment data, including a declining unemployment rate and strong job growt...

  • Early Morning Violent Crash Kills Spring Hill Man

    Tom Lemons|Updated Apr 29, 2022

    SPRING HILL – A violent crash on Mariner Blvd claimed the life of a 57-year-old Spring Hill man, early this morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a late model Kia sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed on Mariner Blvd, when the driver lost control at the intersection of Elgin Blvd and crashed into a light pole and pedestrian signal. Impact with the pole caused the vehicle to split in half, killing the driver. The cause of the crash is still u...

  • Motorcycle Thieves Found Hiding Behind Church After U-Haul Pursuit

    Tom Lemons|Updated Apr 29, 2022

    BROOKSVILLE – A pair of alleged motorcycle thieves thought hiding behind a church would help them evade arrest, but not today, thanks to a vigilant neighbor, determined victim, and quick response of Sheriff's Deputies. According to sources, the victim met with a one of the suspects in the area of Centralia Road in Weeki Wachee, expecting to sell his motorcycle, but when the suspect took the bike for a test drive, he never returned. The victim immediately began searching and ev...

  • VIDEO: Bank Robbery Suspects Captured after Back-to-Back Robberies

    Tom Lemons|Updated Apr 29, 2022

    BROOKSVILLE – Two suspects are in custody after an attempted bank robbery at the Synovus Bank on Broad Street. R News responded to the area of S. Broad Street, near Powell Road, after reports that two bank robbery suspects were spotted traveling southbound in a black Hyundai. While en route, R News learned that deputies had spotted the vehicle and were preparing to make a felony traffic stop. The driver did not flee, and two black male suspects were taken into custody w...